Atletico Mineiro will not play Chapecoense in the final match
The president of Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro says the team will not play a final-round match of the Brazilian league season against Chapecoense.
Nineteen of the Chapecoense’s players were killed on Monday in an air crash in Colombia. Three survived but are hospitalised in Colombia.
Chapecoense’s acting president said earlier in the week that the head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, Marco Polo Del Nero, had ordered Chapecoense to play their final match using a team made up mostly of junior players.
Atletico Mineiro president Daniel Nepomuceno says “we believe in sport. We respect the pain. It’s not the moment to demand that players play this match.”
The CBF has called for seven days of mourning. The final round of top league matches in Brazil is set for 11 December.